The typical Brazilian tourist

Shoefie in Paris

Throughout my travels I have seen a lot and observed many things. Living abroad means constantly see and observe the different. With time, your own culture and your compatriots seem to become different to you too. That’s either because you changed, or because looking from the outside you see things better, or in a different way. Maybe both.

Seeing my Brazilian friends traveling, having some of them visiting Munich once in a while, or even by just walking around town alone and hearing that language I know too well, I can’t help but notice how they behave as tourists. It makes me think that I probably was once just the same, in some cases maybe I still am.

Gathering my observations, I couldn’t help but make a list of things that makes up the typical Brazilian tourist. Typical as in the majority, not as in everyone, we all know generalization isn’t something cool or effective to apply, but we also know that there are tendencies. So what do most Brazilians like or tend to do while traveling?

Loves the clichΓ©s

You know, taking a picture pretending to hold the Pisa tower, paying an absurd just to make sure they will ride a gondola in Venice, having a beer in Germany even if he/she doesn’t like beer, having a waffle in Belgium even though there are waffles in other countries too, riding a bike in Amsterdam even though he/she can do it in other European countries too.

ClichΓ©s are not a bad thing. I do it too. The difference is: that’s not all I do. I love doing the off-the-beaten-path; they mean much more to me than the usual things most Brazilians care about doing.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Prefers popular destinations

If the city is not well known by other Brazilians, why bother going there? No one will know what you are talking about anyways. But Paris, London, New York, Barcelona, everyone knows it’s awesome. And what about San Gimignano? Regensburg, Tours, Pilzen? Unless it’s already part of the tour, they would probably never be included on the itinerary.

Speaks loud

Brazilians are very communicative, and love to express what they feel. They do it so often that they don’t even notice how loud they can be most of the time. On the bus, on the streets, on the stores. Often I see them shopping around Munich, and screaming each other’s name: “MARIA LOOK, ISN’T THAT WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR?”

Crazy about an outlet

It’s rare to meet a Brazilian tourist not aiming for shopping, it doesn’t matter what. Souvenirs, clothing, bags, shoes, perfume and all the things that is expensive to buy in Brazil. Mentioning the outlet word will make their eyes shine. You should see a Brazilian shopping at an outlet in the US, pure joy!

Why is that? All foreign brands are very expensive in Brazil, especially electronic goods and clothing.

Shopping bags
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Loves American brands

The Brazilian taste is very influenced by what’s on in the US in a way or another. In Brazil, fashion, beauty and electronic products, music and food are some ways Brazilians are influenced by the Americans. Brands like Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, to name a few, are the most beloved ones.

Misses Brazilian food after the 2nd day

For Brazilians not used to be abroad, the food is something that bothers them very much. One day is already enough to make them miss Brazilian food, hard to find in other countries.

Brazilian Feijoada
Brazilian “Feijoada”

If the food isn’t good, then MC Donald’s is the salvation

Oh well, and if they can’t manage to find food they like, MC Donald’s is always the option: cheap, the same everywhere, found in every corner.

Likes to take pictures in front of famous brand’s stores

Ok, I did that a few times on my first trip abroad ever. Living in Brazil is not every day that you stand in front of a huge Louis Vuitton store. Of course, nowadays I am ashamed of that and can’t help it but laugh at myself. However, I still see lots of Brazilians doing that; I even take the picture for them when they ask.

Maximilianstr. Munich
Dior store at the Maximilianstr. in Munich

Is a bit lazy

Most Brazilians don’t really like planning their trips, they like having it all ready for them. A private guide, a personalized package tour, why bother doing everything by yourself if you can have it all done by someone else? And if they have a friend living abroad, even better, they will rely on he/she to take them everywhere. They also prefer not to walk long distances or climb stairs, the shorter the way the better. Can I call this laziness?

San Gimignano, Italy
Stairs in San Gimignano, Italy

Loves selfies

In today’s world who doesn’t? Maybe myself. But in Brazil the thing with selfies is getting crazy, even if they have someone to take the picture for them, a selfie always looks better! I wonder if one day we won’t laugh at the selfies and think that they are outdated.

Makes conversion all the time

The Brazilian currency, Real, is cheaper than the Dollar and Euro, now with the crisis going on in the country, even more. When Brazilians are abroad, everything they buy or think of buying, get the price converted to Real. “OMG this Coke just cost us R$10”.

 

How do you see the typical tourist of your own country? Any similarities with the Brazilians?

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Ting at My Travel Monkey

    Great post Allane, I actually think your points are pretty universal, I can definitely say most for the Chinese! They love speaking loudly and having pictures in front of brand stores!

    • hahahaha thank you dear!!
      Yes, I guess many of these points are the same for other nationalities. I have to say that after posting this post I have discovered some very interesting things about other people’s culture. It’s so fun πŸ˜€

  • Places People Stories

    Hahaha, this post is so funny. Especially the talking load thing. When I lived in Cochabamba, where there are so many Brazilians that study medicine, we had many Brazilians as neighbours, and we heard them talking so load. We often say they scream when they talk. Many Bolivians, which are usually more calm disliked the Brazilians for that. They also often felt that the Brazilians think they were better than the Bolivians. i kind of felt that too, and that was a bit sad.

    But the Brazilians were nice to me, as they though I was one of them. They always started to speak portugese to me, but all i could do was to answer in Spanish, and then often they did not want to talk to me anymore. Because they did not seem to mix too much, they just stay with others from their country.

    The brand store thing you have told me about before. It is so funny for me. I have never experienced that before, and I cannot understand who want to have a picture infront of a Dior store. That makes no sense for me. It is just so funny…

    • hahahahaha I am so glad you liked it πŸ˜€
      Really? I didn’t know you knew so many Brazilians while in Bolivia.
      I do know a lot of Brazilians like that – unfortunately – and I don’t like how they act. Don’t worry, I’m not one of them πŸ˜€

      And yes, they are loud, and mostly like to hang out only with other Brazilians when living abroad or traveling. Something I also don’t do, in fact I don’t know many Brazilian in Munich.

      The photo in front of the brand stores is iconic hahahah!

  • This is hilarious, I especially like the stuff about the outlets and the shopping – I think the Russians overindulge in that too and for the same reasons. And the loud, yelly Brazilians… what a cliche, but I can totally recall hearing them on more than one occasion πŸ™‚

    • hahahahaha I have noticed the shopping thing about the Russians before πŸ˜€
      Yes, Brazilians can be loud!! hahaha

  • Phoebe Thomas

    So funny! I have learnt some new things about your compatriots! At least your fellow Brazilians aren’t known worldwide for the awful drunken behaviour of the clichΓ©d English on holiday.

    • hahaha happy you found it funny πŸ˜€
      Yes, I guess Brazilians aren’t known for awful drunken behaviour – yet – haha.

  • The talk loud part definitely describes the Greeks as well! As for the other, well some of them might have applied 30 years ago but I know a lot of people who explore off the beaten path cities and places. The price conversion happened all the time before 2002 (the year when the Euro was introduced), but I still do it in the UK and the US!

    • hahaha I can imagine!
      So nice to learn a bit more about the Greeks, I am having fun reading all the comments of you guys sharing some similar/not similar behaviour in your respective countries/expat countries. πŸ˜€

      I still do conversions too, at the moment I am in Brazil and the Euro is very high around here at the moment!

  • I definitely think this applies to Americans as well! Im incredibly loud and I don’t even realize it until the Germans are staring at me. Great post!!

  • hahaha that’s funny I didn’t know that πŸ˜€ I will pay attention to that next time I meet a British somewhere hahaha.
    Funny that you noticed it about the Brazilian women πŸ˜€

  • haha πŸ˜€

  • hahaha let’s wait together!
    Really? I would never guess that, so the Brazilians and Indians aren’t so different after all. Do you like the Indian restaurants abroad?

  • hahaha that’s what I thought, but people actually agreed with it πŸ˜€
    And I am in Brazil at the moment haha πŸ˜€

  • hahaha that’s awesome!! The speaking loud thing I could have guessed ahaha, but the puffy dawn jackets no πŸ˜€
    I love discovering these things about other cultures, thank you for sharing it!

  • hahaha πŸ˜€
    Thank you, glad you liked it.

  • hahahaha πŸ˜€
    Happy I could make you laugh, that was the intention πŸ˜‰

  • hahaha funny that you noticed πŸ˜€
    Yes, Brazilians are very loud isn’t only because you come from London, they really are hahaha πŸ˜€

  • hahaha that’s interesting! I never noticed that the Brits travel in big family groups. πŸ˜€
    Funny that you mentioned about Brazilians in South Africa, a great friend of mine just got married and is spending her honeymoon there πŸ˜€

  • hahaha that’s awesome Karen! I’m glad you both had fun reading the post and found some similarities with your cultures too πŸ˜€

  • Thank you so much dear πŸ˜€
    Happy that you liked the post!

  • hahahaha I totally agree with you!! In Germany many places are forbidding self sticks, like football stadiums.

  • hahahaha Mc Donalds to the rescue, so true!!

  • Yess definitely haha. And selfies is just the same hahah πŸ˜€

  • hahaha really?? So tourists are basically the same everywhere πŸ˜€

  • The_Paris_Itinerary

    Ha! Fun post. I think I did a few of these things in my younger days. I’m glad us Americans aren’t the only loud talkers.

    • hahahaha happy that you liked it πŸ˜€
      Noo, Americans are definitely not the only loud ones!! πŸ˜€

  • Gin

    I agree with you about the cliche…. Sometimes it’s not that bad…. if you do other thing on the side πŸ™‚ I’ve never met that many Brazilian during my travels so it was really fun reading this entry πŸ˜€

    • Thank you dear πŸ˜€
      Yes, I think everyone does the cliche thing, it’s not bad, as long as we do different things too πŸ˜€

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    I can totally relate to this because it’s exactly like Malaysian/Asian tourists! Sometimes watching them from afar can be hilarious or downright embarrassing, LOL! #MondayEscapes

    • hahahaha really? That’s awesome πŸ˜€
      You are right, it can funny and embarrassing sometimes!

  • hahaha thank you dear! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!! Thank God you are not like many Brits πŸ˜€ I didn’t know how bad they behave while drunk.

  • Thank you dear!!
    Oh my, shouting won’t really help hahah, I guess it only makes it worse, as people get nervous πŸ˜€

  • Yes, many of it applies to other nationalities, especially the cliches and selfies I guess πŸ˜€

  • hahah really?? But that’s not a negative thing, what matters is to have fun while traveling. πŸ˜€

  • Thank you Kana! How interesting, I’m loving to learn about other cultures while traveling. About the piece sign of the Japanese I already knew πŸ˜€

  • Thank you dear πŸ˜€
    Yes you are right, many of these points are the same for other nationalities.
    And as you, I also wonder what will come after the selfies hahaha

  • I also have eaten McDonalds in the past too, especially in France when I didnt speak French and didnt understand the menu πŸ˜€
    hahaha funny about the drunky Brits, I didnt know about that before posting this post.

  • hahaha glad to know this! Funny, I guess the Latinos are very similar in this way πŸ˜€

  • hahahaha so happy to know that Elizabeth πŸ˜€ I would say let’s go with me, but I changed my way of traveling a lot hahaha

  • πŸ˜€ thank you!

  • Are you serious? Oh my, that I didn’t know about the Brits. hahaha πŸ˜€ That’s interesting!

  • hahaha thank you dear, glad you liked it! πŸ˜€

  • hahaha really? I am starting to think that every nationality has its embarrassing way of traveling πŸ˜€ I know exactly what you mean about the silence in the metro, it’s the same in Germany too.

  • Yes you are right πŸ˜€
    You’re welcome! have a great weekend.

  • hahaha yes, that’s true πŸ˜€

  • Thank you dear πŸ˜€
    To be honest I still haven’t had bad experiences with Brits while traveling, but I will now pay more attention πŸ˜€ hahaha

  • hahaha that’s awesome Kendra!
    I must also admit that I have tried McDonalds in many countries, and my favourite one was in Amsterdam, don’t know why πŸ˜€

  • That’s so interesting to know Indah! Funny how similar Indonesians are to Brazilian in this matter. Rice is basic food in Brazil, and it’s the first thing people miss when traveling abroad πŸ˜€
    Lucky for me I learned how to cook rice exactly as in Brazil, so I don’t miss it in Germany πŸ˜€
    Funny about the private guides! I know many in Munich too πŸ˜€

  • Mabel Kwong

    I had to smile when I heard that Brazillians like to talk and call to one another very loudly while walking on the streets. The Chinese like to do that too, even if their friend is right beside them πŸ˜€ Outlet shopping is also very popular with a lot of my Chinese and Malay friends from Singapore and Malaysia. They are always looking for a bargain, like buy two get one free, or even buy five and get one free πŸ˜€ One time I had a friend and her partner come visit me in Australia and they went to an outlet Levis shop – the partner scored a pair of $5 Levi’s jeans πŸ˜€

    • hahahaha that’s so cool Mabel πŸ˜€
      I have seen Chinese tourists many times and I also thought they were loud like Brazilians ahahha. I guess we have lots of things in common πŸ˜€

  • You’re right, many of them can be applied to other tourists. hahaha ohhh so you are loud too πŸ˜€

  • That’s so nice!! How cool that you have Brazilian friends! Yes, not all Brazilian tourists are the same, but no doubt we all have something in common: we are very friendly πŸ˜€

  • hahaha thank you πŸ˜€

  • hahahaha probably yes! I was impressed but how many other nationalities are similar to the Brazilian. And the photos of the shops though, it’s hard to get haha πŸ˜€ happy to make you laugh!

  • hahahaha difΓ­cil nΓ£o reconhecer nΓ©? πŸ˜€